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Board Moves Forward on Security for Schools and Parking

By Marilyn Clark, League City Area News Online

March 8, 2004

The Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) selected PBK architects to design security systems for all secondary schools and gave PBK approval to bid the District Stadium Rebuild at the February 24 Board meeting.

The Board also commissioned SBWV architects to bid and manage a new teacher’s parking lot for Clear Lake High School. The teacher’s parking lot that both students and teachers have shared this school year will become a student parking lot. If the weather is favorable, this parking lot should be complete in time for the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year. School will start on August 16.   Fred Niccum, Director of Planning and Facilities, said that if there is enough money, more student parking will be added at the Clear Lake 9th Grade Center.

The school district recognized the 40-member 2004 School Bond Advisory Committee (SBAC).  Dr. Mossman praised members of the committee for "communicating and promoting the components of the Bond Election. Because of this committee’s dedication the 2004 Bond Referendum passed by a landslide - 64% in favor."

Bond 2004 Election

Votes  Early/Branch  Election Day   Total
Yes  73.0 %   54.4 %  64.0 %
No  27.0 %   45.6 %  36.0 %
Total -------------- --------------- ---------------
Votes  6935  6496 13431
 

Linda Pringle, President of the Clear Creek Educators’ Association spoke during Community Input time. She said, "Congratulations! Thank you so very much for our bond issue passage! You didn’t just say, oh well, and give up (after the May Bond 2003 package was defeated). You went back to things. You got it together, and it got passed."

PBK architects presented and received Board approval for their design for security systems for secondary schools in the Clear Lake area. (The Board approved these projects at the October 2003 Board meeting.) The video cameras will cover areas where students gather as well as the school grounds. The Panasonic cameras will have a sturdy housing made of vandal-resistant smoked glass. Onlookers will not be able to tell what direction a camera is pointing because of the tint of the glass. The digital cameras will be able to provide clear images of activity during the day and at night. These images will be saved to servers (computer hard drives). Dispatch at the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and the CCISD Emergency Command Center will be able to access security images at each school at anytime. The principal of each school will be able to access security images for his or her school from home.

The District hopes the security systems will be a deterrent to student fights and vandalism. CCISD’s portable four camera system happened to be at Clear Brook High School on January 21. This system recorded the fight in which two students were stabbed by a third student. The cameras helped law enforcement officers assess the situation and respond quickly. Harris County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jim Hoffman reported that a 16-yr-old boy was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

CCISD School Board Studies Small Learning Communities: Part II. Comments by Board Members and More Information

by Marilyn Clark

Trustee David Juengel, Chief Financial Officer of Money Management International, said that his business has over 90,000 clients. He spoke of a need for increased financial literacy. He stated that students need more training in math basics for life such as balancing checkbooks. He thinks that the SUMMIT advisory curriculum and small learning communities (teams) like the Computer, Marketing and Business Academy could help students develop skills that would help them succeed in life and the business world.

Security and Bond 2004 Article Link Given Below.

Is Your Child’s School Secure?
The Bond 2004 Package Provides Funds for Safety and Security Measures!

By Marilyn Clark, League City Area News Online

February 3, 2004

Funding for keyless entry, video cameras, a centralized phone system and motion detectors at all schools will come from the Bond 2004 package and savings and interest from Bond 2000.

Archived on July 16, 2004.
Online publication date is July 16, 2004.


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